Cumnor House School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information


1 Woodcote Lane
020 8668 0050
2 - 11
Girls only
Other independent school
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School Description

Cumnor House prides itself on encouraging a genuine love of learning. From a very young age, they support their children in their development of a sense of curiosity, open-mindedness, perseverance, objectivity, reflection and critical thinking. This thirst for growth and knowledge is one that stays with them throughout their school years, meaning they enter each stage of their lives best prepared for the challenges and opportunities ahead.
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News & events from Cumnor House School

Last update: 22 February 2021

Sadly we are unable to welcome parents on to site for the time being, but our admissions team are still working and on hand to discuss your child’s education. Please feel free to call or email our Admissions Registrar to learn more about our welcoming environment, small classes and high-quality teaching tailored to your child’s individual needs. You can learn more about our admissions process here, or get in touch with us here by filling in the form and a member of our admissions team will be in contact with you.


Cumnor Girls

For Families looking for a place at Cumnor Girls , we are able to offer out of hours tours with Headmistress, Mrs McShane. Please contact the admissions department for further details


Cumnor Boys

For Families looking for a place at Cumnor Boys, we are delighted to be hosting virtual open events to give you the opportunity to experience a virtual ‘life at Cumnor House’.

To register for these events please follow the link below.

For any queries relating to Boys Main School admissions please contact the admissions department for further details.

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We prepare your daughter for her senior school. See where our girls have moved onto in recent years, often with Scholarships.

In 2017, 50% of those who applied gained Grammar School places.

Leaver Destinations & Scholarships >>
Meet the Head: Amanda McShane

Amanda was previously Deputy Head, and Head of Science, at Old Vicarage School, Richmond, for 9 years. She was also Head of Science at a boys’ prep school.  She worked in a large state primary school as a senior leader, Head of Science and Head of Music before moving into the independent sector. 

Who/what inspired you to become a teacher?

When I was 11 years old I had a teacher called Mr Millar; he inspired me because he knew me and he wasn’t satisfied when I produced anything that was not the best that I could do.  He taught me the joy, satisfaction and pride that can be gained from being the very best that you can be.  I like to think that through my years of teaching, I have known the pupils in my care and encouraged them in a similar fashion.

What achievement are you most proud of as Head?

Getting to know my pupils.

What does a successful school look like to you?

 A successful school is a place where I want to be, somewhere where pupils are happy and engaged learners, where everyone is working together to do the very best for each child.  A school where teachers are inspired by, and inspiring to, those around them.  Success is where children are not afraid to make mistakes - they recognize that they will learn from them, a place where we encourage pupils to go beyond their comfort zone and take risks with their learning and as a result, they achieve more than they ever thought they could. 

What is the most important quality you want every child to have when they leave your school? And why?

I want the pupils who leave Cumnor House School for Girls’ to be resilient young women.  I want them to be brave enough to seize every opportunity that comes their way, to acknowledge that things will not always be easy but to have a go, to take the interesting route rather than the easy road.  Our girls will face a great deal of challenges as they travel through life and they will need an inner strength to deal with whatever is thrown at them; we cannot teach and prepare for every eventuality but we can give our young people the skills upon which they can draw to help them through a difficult situation. 

Please give 5 words to describe the ethos of your school.

Happy. Caring. Vibrant. Challenging. Opportunity.

Cumnor House School Catchment Area Map

This school is independently managed and its admission criteria may be selective. There is no set catchment area as pupils are admitted from a wide variety of postcodes and, in the case of boarding schools, from outside the UK. Contact the school directly or visit their website for more information on Admissions Policy and Procedures.

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